By Jim Langley Even though the winter weather is fairly tame here in Santa Cruz, California, I know that in a good many other locales nothing – not snow, or freezing rain, or iced-over pavement, or hurricane gusts that leave normally clogged roads car-free – will stop some roadies from getting their rides in during the winter. For these hardy winter riders, I know that their bikes must take a beating. And even for those of us whose winter rides might include only some additional wetness, road grit, etc., winter is still a great time to do a little additional work to keep your bike running smoothly.
By Jim Langley In response to my column offering some tips on how to winterize your bike(s), several RBR readers offered their own winterizing advice. Thanks for sharing your expertise. Let’s look at your recommendations, and I’ll add a few related winterizing stories and tips.
By Coach Rick Schultz Last week, we launched Strengthening and Stabilization Training for the Cyclist, our new 44-page eBook in which my co-author and I clear up the confusion and take the guesswork out of knowing what to do, and how to do it, to implement a strengthening program that will ultimately make you a better cyclist. One of the great things about the eBook is that you can and should choose your favorite exercises for your personal routine(s). I thought I would share my own personal favorites today and next week. This week, I'll talk about my favorite glutes & lower body exercise, and next week, I'll talk about my favorite upper body exercise.
By Brandon Bilyeu This review covers four separate products, SealSkinz Halo Neoprene Shoe Covers, Halo All Weather Gloves, Waterproof Cycling Cap, Waterproof Cycling Socks. Three of the four received 4.5-star ratings from our reviewer, who found the Shoe Covers to "have excellent build quality, durability, and provide excellent water protection and heat retention. These have become my go-to wet/cold weather shoe covers, and I highly recommend them. The Halo lighting system is an added bonus that improves visibility out on the road and makes these great shoe covers even better."
By Coach John Hughes Eating and drinking regularly is important year-round for a fun, successful ride. It's easy in the summer. You pull out a bottle or something from a jersey pocket and drink or eat on the bike. When it is colder and wetter, your nutrition may be less accessible, but you still need it! In fact, you need even more: In colder weather, add 10% to 20% to your caloric burn rate. You also need the same amount of hydration no matter the season: Follow this rule year-round: drink to satisfy your thirst.
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. A new study surveyed more than 4,000 adults ages 40 to 54 about their breakfast habits and then checked them for heart attack risk factors. The researchers found that people who eat a large percentage of their total daily calories for breakfast have the fewest heart attack risk factors, while those who skip breakfast are more likely to have plaques in their arteries and other heart attack risk factors (J of the Am Coll of Cardiology, Oct 2, 2017).
By John Marsh This QT is based on my recent experience with – of all things – water bottles. But it brought to mind a conversation I had several years ago at Interbike with a Shimano tech expert (I'll circle back to that in a minute). I came home from this year's Interbike with a couple of new Polar insulated bottles, which feature the new Zipstream high-flow, self-sealing cap. The new nozzle easily pulls up a couple of millimeters to open, then pushes back down to close. In my post-Interbike coverage, in a mini-review of the new bottles, I wrote: